Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Science/Clouds and Rain


The other day Selena looked outside and informed me that there were rain clouds. I asked her “How do you know that they are rain clouds?” Her answer was, “I don’t know.”

With that in mind today I decided to teach her about clouds and rain. What we used:



I brought the pot of water to a boil, as Selena watched and waited for the water to boil.

100_2211 Once the water was boiling I held the pie tin with ice over the top of it and Selena watched as her cloud began to form.

100_2213 She continued to watch as water droplets began to form on the bottom of the pie tin, and started to drip back into the pot. We tried to get a good picture of the water dropping back into the pot but it is hard to get that type of picture!

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I decided to take this one step further. I needed to defrost my freezer, so I used this opportunity to do just that.

100_2209  As I explained to Selena this is our cold air and that the air in the sky is usually colder then the ground. I then put the pot of boiling water in, and closed the door. In a few seconds I let Selena open the door. She was in seventh heaven to see the big cloud as she called it.

100_2223To see what others are doing in Science visit Ticia at Adventures in Mommydum. While your there share with us what science you are doing with your children. 

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  1. That is the most simple, and straightfoward cloud demonstration, I've seen yet!

    (in case you didn't see my answer to your question - the meringue cookies taste like toasted marshmallows.)

  2. oo I read about that on the site you posted about! Sounds like a great science experiment!

  3. You know, I still remember when I was a kid and learning about clouds and how thrilled I was to realize that all that steam and stuff up in the air after my shower was a mini cloud.
    I am so remembering this for when we study weather. This is one of the best cloud demonstrations I've seen.

  4. That is a wonderful experiment! I am going to bookmark it so that I can use it down the road. Thanks! :)

  5. This is a great experiment! I wil lhave to remember this when we learn about weather.

  6. I love it - this experiment is perfect for our children age. I am definitely going to repeat it here soon. I didn't realize that Selena's hair is so long - she is a beautiful girl.

  7. Awesome post! We're going to do this as well. Thank you for explaining it so well and what a good idea to put the pit in the freezer!

  8. Love it! I try to do a lot of hands-on with my son too. It makes learning more fun for both of us!